Hello and Happy Monday,
Last week was surreal. It was also filled with lots of ups and downs. I lead my first live yoga and pilates for yogis classes and, in my opinion, they were a great success. I also started "homeschooling" and after days of trial and error; the kids and Joe and I sat down and came up with a school schedule that would work for everyone, not just me. All of us were craving a schedule, a routine, something consistent. I love having my kids home and I have always entertained homeschooling, but to be spontaneously put into this role with no clue what they need to be learning, left me dazed. I keep repeating to myself that we are the lucky ones. We have a safe, warm home to be isolated in, nutritious food for all of us to eat, and internet access.
On Friday, I remembered that stress is trauma for our nervous system. We are all stressed and anxious, some of us more than others. Each day more information is coming out and is leaving me feeling confused and sad. What I remembered about trauma was from a weekend training I did on Yoga for Trauma, which turns out, isn't a special subgroup, we all have trauma. Yes, there are different types of trauma and different degrees of trauma, I can talk at length about this. What I am trying to get at is that in order to help regain perspective is creating consistency, predictability, and safety into our everyday routines. It's what Michael and Melissa were looking for in their "homeschool" days, it's what we are all craving as this virus has us sheltered in our homes, with all-new routines.
If you don't follow me on Instagram, you might have heard me talk about the lunch notes. I've been drawing a lunch note for Michael and Melissa since they have been having lunch at school (2014!) At the end of last year, Michael and I estimated that I had drawn over 1,500 notes. When Michael was in Kindergarten I started posting them on Instagram. They are not my mom popular posts, and partly why I post them is because we keep the notes and they can be in order online and if one is lost, I know which one it is, the other reason is that once in a while I'll hear how others love them, that they look for them each morning. So in being consistent, in gaining some predictability in mine and my children's day, and maybe some of yours, I'm drawing and posting the notes again, after all, my children are still eating lunch.
In my live yoga class this morning, I spoke about adding consistency, predictability, and safety into your life this week. Really, it's just adding consistency, if you add in one to two things, each day, the predictability and safety fall into place.
Here are some ideas:
Pick a time to wake up in the morning.
Journal in the morning
Drink a glass of water upon waking up
Practice yoga during a certain time each day
Meditate the same time each day
Eat lunch the same time each day
I'd like to do the breathing challenge again - this time where we get to see each other on Zoom, not just me. This will be for 20 days for about 5-10 min and will include breathing and meditation- please click HERE if you want to join in. I am asking for donations for this challenge. Please consider and remember that the 20 days is equivalent to about 3 hours of guidance from me. (suggested is between $5-$15 and donation information is in the confirmation email you receive after signing up.)
I also have a gentle restorative yoga and pilates for yogis class this week. Gentle restorative on Tuesday at 10 am and Pilates for Yogis on Wednesday at 8 am. When you sign up for class, you can join live or when you can, once you have the link you can access the class as you'd like. Donations are also being asked for these classes, suggested $5-$15. The donation link is in the confirmation email after you sign up.
Click HERE to sign up for Gentle Restorative Yoga.
Click HERE to sign up for PFY.
Thank you all so very much for supporting me and I hope I can continue to give even more to you during this time.
Please reach out to me if you need anything, we are not alone.
With so much love and virtual hugs,